Best Drones for kids iMore 2019

Whether you're buying a drone for a kid or simply for someone who's never owned a drone before, there are a few considerations you want to keep in mind — cost, size, range, and durability. If you're buying for a young'un, you'll definitely want to keep the first three down, but that will invariably also affect the drone's durability as well. Crashing is part of the learning process, so we've highlighted some options that include built-in guards for the blades.

A sporty option for beginners: Holy Stone HS170 Predator

Staff pick

The Holy Stone Predator drone is a fun, palm-sized drone that's ready to fly right out of the box. Extra batteries are cheap and you'll surely want them.

$30 at Amazon

Up to 12 minutes of flight time: Potensic A20 Mini Drone

This pocket-sized drone is the definition of kid-sized at just 2 inches across. It comes ready to fly out of the box with a kid-friendly controller.

$30 at Amazon

Bright lights in the night sky: Force1 UFO 3000 Drone

The UFO 3000 keeps the blades fully protected so your novice pilot can bump into walls while they learn to fly, and the bright LEDs allow for night flight.

$50 at Amazon

No remote control required: WEW Hand Operated Drone 

This drone uses six sensors so it can be controlled by waving your hand around the protective cage. Just turn it on, toss it in the air and have some fun.

$33 at Amazon

Small and durable: EACHINE E012 Super Mini Drone

This palm-sized drone is perfect for any young kid that they can have fun flying indoors or outside without worrying about it taking or doling out damage.

$22 at Amazon

A more advanced option: EACHINE E58 WiFi FPV Quadcopter

For older kids who want a DJI drone, the EACHINE E58 is an affordable alternative that's great for practising drone photography and videography.

$60 at Amazon

Durability and affordability is key

A mini drone makes a great gift for any kid interested flying a bigger drone one day, and by the time they're ready to move onto something more professional there might even be able to make a career out of the hobby.

Our top pick is the Holy Stone HS170 Predator which is a sporty option that's really fun to fly for all ages. We do recommend picking up some extra batteries because a fully charged battery delivers about 5 minutes of flight time, but you can hot swap them out quick and easy.

Another great option for young kids is the Force1 UFO 3000 Drone which absolutely does look like a UFO with those glowing LEDs in the night sky. The rigid protectors around the spinning props ensure that a bump against the wall knock it out of the air.

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